Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Baden
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Baden claim happens at the site of an accident?

2. What does Baden note is the desire of the DAs office in terms of the ME?

3. Why do the fallopian tubes of prostitutes show scarring during autopsy?

4. What does Baden note about the symmetry of the human body?

5. What is Baden's rebuttal to Ferrer's accusation that he had hired four people without authorization?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why identification of the victims of Flight 66 was hindered.

2. Explain how Baden discovered the age, time of death, and identity of Katherine Howard.

3. What happened to much of the evidence in the Kennedy assassination case, and what does Baden believe occurred?

4. Explain why Baden believes people go into particular medical professions.

5. Describe how Baden explains why the father of the female drug addict in Chapter Two has little emotion.

6. Many cases are mentioned in Chapter Four that others point to as proof that Baden made poor judgments while acting as ME. What is his defense, in general, for the accusations?

7. Explain how ricin came into fame in 1978.

8. Describe the symptoms of strangulation, as seen during autopsy.

9. In the end of Chapter One, the report given to the FBI suggests two shooters. Explain the event that prompted the committee to suggest this.

10. Explain how the body of the mafioso was identified.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel discusses three clear methods to detect time of death, those of rigor mortis, livor mortis, and algor mortis.

Part 1) List each method, and discuss, in detail, how that method helps determine the time of death.

Part 2) Compare and contrast the three methods. How are they the same? How are they different?

Part 3) Which is the best method of detection? Why? What are the limitations of this method?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the case of Paul Fried in detail. What were the original circumstances surrounding Paul's death? What caused further investigation? What role did his wife, Catherine, play? What was their relationship like? Who came forward with information, and what was that information? How was a new cause of death discovered? What was the result? How did the autopsy findings affect this case? What does this say about the importance of a proper autopsy in any case of death?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss each of the following forms of identification of remains in detail. Be sure to mention how the process is done, and any limitations mentioned in the book in terms of their reliability and effectiveness. Use examples from the book, where possible, to show how the method is used.

• Familial identification

• Dental identification

• Bone identification

• Scar identification

• Fingerprinting

• Personal effects identification

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